EA Games system hacked, 780GB data gets stolen

FIFA 21 publisher Electronic Arts (EA) Games’ system has been compromised and hackers have stolen valuable information, the company said.

Through a bunch of posts, the hacker has taken the route of underground hacking forums and claimed “You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services.”  The hackers also revealed that they have stolen the source code of the popular sports game FIFA 21, along with source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, that controls various EA games title including Battlefield.

Apart from that, the hackers have also stolen information including software development kits (SDKs), proprietary EA frameworks and a bunch of codes. The hackers claimed that in total EA’s 780GB of data have been stolen.

The gaming giant EA has revealed to Motherboard that the stolen data doesn’t include players data and their players’ privacy is safe.

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen.No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation,” an EA spokesperson told Motherboard in a statement. 

Currently, the stolen data seems to be out for sale as the underground hacking forums have advertised it. The type of data which are at sale right now helps cheat makers to create cheats using the source codes.

On the other hand, Electronic Arts has also announced that Kofi A. Bruce will be nominated to EA’s board of directors at EA’s 2021 annual stockholders meeting. Bruce is expected to be appointed to EA’s Audit Committee.

“We are delighted to welcome Kofi to the Electronic Arts board. In addition to his breadth of financial expertise across global consumer brands, Kofi is a values-driven leader who will bring new perspectives and insights to our board as we continue to drive further growth, innovation and new experiences for our players,” said Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson.

“I’ve long admired Electronic Arts’ ability to inspire the world to play through its entertaining, engaging and diverse games. That has never been so evident as this past year, where we saw just how powerful EA’s gaming experiences can be to virtually connect players across generations, cultures and geographies. Coming off a strong year, the future is bright and I’m honoured to join the board and the entire EA team during this exciting time of transformative growth and opportunity,” said Bruce.